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  • EPA Finalizes Overly Broad “Waters of the US” Rule

    05/27/2015 1:58:42 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-27-15 | John Eick
    Earlier today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) finalized a much anticipated rule that would redefine “Waters of the United States” and vastly expand the two agencies’ regulatory authority over the nation’s water resources. EPA and the Corps proposed the rule in April 2014 seeking to clarify precisely what water resources it classified as “navigable” and, thus, able to be regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The move to redefine “Waters of the United States” comes after the Supreme Court twice checked the agencies’ overly broad interpretation of the CWA in Solid...
  • Kerry: Internet 'Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly' (Calls for UN regulation)

    05/18/2015 11:53:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 18, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    Complete Headline: Kerry: Internet 'Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly' - Calls for more international Internet laws. In a speech today in South Korea, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Internet "needs rules to be able to flourish and work properly." This, according to Kerry, is necessary even for "a technology founded on freedom." Speaking on behalf of the Obama administration, Kerry said that Internet policy is "a key component of our foreign policy." Kerry made his remarks in the context of talking about how international law is applicable to the Internet.
  • 7,231,000 Lost Jobs: Manufacturing Employment Down 37% From 1979 Peak

    05/12/2015 11:38:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 12, 2015 | 1:23 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The number of jobs in manufacturing has declined by 7,231,000—or 37 percent—since employment in manufacturing peaked in the United States in 1979, according to data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The real median household income of Americans who have completed high school—but have not attained a higher degree—also peaked in the 1970s and has declined since then. In fact, according to the Census Bureau (Tables H-13 and H-14), the real median household income of an American householder who has completed four years of high school peaked in 1973 at $56,395 in constant 2013 dollars. By 2013, it was...
  • Feds Will Regulate Christmas Lights

    05/05/2015 4:28:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/5/2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a regulation for Christmas lights on Monday, deeming some holiday decorations a “substantial product hazard.”“The Consumer Product Safety Commission … is issuing a final rule to specify that seasonal and decorative lighting products that do not contain any one of three readily observable characteristics (minimum wire size, sufficient strain relief, or overcurrent protection), as addressed in a voluntary standard, are deemed a substantial product hazard under the Consumer Product Safety Act (“CPSA”),” the final rule said.The ruling applies to a variety of Christmas decorations, including “stars, wreathes, candles without shades, light sculptures, blow-molded...
  • Up From Dish Washer to Franchise Owner — and Now, Regulation Target

    04/29/2015 12:16:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/29/2015 | Amir Siddiqi
    I’m an immigrant who has realized the American dream. But Washington’s new labor rules are a nightmare. In 1985 I left my home in Pakistan at age 19 and came to the United States with the help of an uncle. I considered this my best chance to start a life away from the government control and corruption that troubled my country. That proved true. Through hard work, I learned to run restaurants and I now own dozens of stores as a franchisee. But the National Labor Relations Board is threatening to upend my business model by muddling the distinction between...
  • $200 Could Get You Out Of A Classic Car Smog Check In California

    04/25/2015 1:21:51 AM PDT · by Cowman · 38 replies
    jalopnik ^ | 4-23-15 | Damon Lavrinc
    A bill proposed in California would allow classic car owners to cut a check to the DMV for $200 to get out of the state’s notoriously strict smog test. But naturally, it’s a bit more complicated than just paying off the Golden State. Any car in California built on or after 1976 has to undergo a smog test every two years (not so for pre-76 cars, which is one of the reasons my 1976 BMW 2002 is now living in Florida). AB550 seeks to amend that law to allow vehicles 30 years or older to bypass the test, but only...
  • Ottawa’s red-tape cutting law gets Royal Assent

    04/24/2015 5:42:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 4-23-15 | Laura Jones
    With this being budget week, the federal government’s taxing and spending decisions are under the microscope — as they should be in a healthy democracy. But what about government’s hidden tax: regulation? With no equivalent of a federal budget day, regulatory decisions and their implications get precious little scrutiny and we are all worse for it. Thankfully, regulatory transparency got a considerable boost Thursday when the Red Tape Reduction Act (C-21) received Royal Assent and became law. Minister Tony Clement, who has championed the bill, can be proud that Canada is now the first country in the world to require that for...
  • Austin Gives Early Approval To Regulate BBQ Smoke (TX)

    04/16/2015 9:45:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 16, 2015 - 10:41 AM | Eric Scheiner
    WXAN reports Austin City Council members debated a plan earlier this month to put restrictions on smoke from barbecue restaurants. Council member Pio Renteria asked council to regulate the amount of smoke that comes from food trucks and restaurants within 100 feet of residential areas. Renteria said residents complained to him that smoke coming from BBQ joints caused them to not be able to open their windows or enjoy their backyards. …
  • If you need a water heater, consider buying one before April 16, 2015

    04/14/2015 2:44:39 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 110 replies
    ABC Action News ^ | 3-23-15 | Dan Schaffer
    First it was light bulbs, now Uncle Sam wants your water heater to be more efficient - and it could cost you a lot more money to comply with the new rules. Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks, said new regulations will save money in the long run. “Your water heater is the second largest consumer of energy in your home right behind your heating and cooling system. So, any improvement in your water heaters efficiency is going to pay dividends in your monthly utility bills.” But it will cost you more in the short term, if you need to buy...
  • Hello from California, where we're enjoying Gov. Moonbeam's drought

    04/06/2015 1:09:03 PM PDT · by walford · 37 replies
    CainTV ^ | April 6th, 2015 | Dan Calabrese
    Liberal policies turn a small problem into a statewide crisis.My family and I are in Los Angeles this week for some meetings concerning a super-secret venture, which, dude . . . it's super-secret! (But it won't be for long.)But one of the first things that became clear when we got here is that the state is in the midst of a water crisis - one so serious that Gov. Jerry (Moonbeam) Brown has imposed an unprecedented set of restrictions on the use of water. Friends we visited for Easter tell us the state isn't messing around. They send inspectors around...
  • The Next Bubble

    04/01/2015 7:35:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | John Stossel
    They're doing it again! When the last housing bubble burst, politicians blamed "greedy banks." They said mortgage companies lent money recklessly, making loans to people with dubious credit, for down payments as low as 3 percent. "It will work out," said the optimistic bankers. Regulators didn't disagree. Everyone said, "Home prices will keep going up." And home prices did -- until they didn't. The bubble popped in 2007. Lots of people were hurt, and politicians took more of your tax money to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac along with reckless banks. They also gave the Federal Housing Administration...
  • The Tip of the Climate Spending Iceberg

    03/28/2015 8:08:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Lockheed Martin, a recent Washington Post article notes, is getting into renewable energy, nuclear fusion, “sustainability” and even fish farming projects, to augment its reduced defense profits. The company plans to forge new ties with Defense Department and other Obama initiatives, based on a shared belief in manmade climate change as a critical security and planetary threat. It is charging ahead where other defense contractors have failed, confident that its expertise, lobbying skills and “socially responsible” commitment to preventing climate chaos will land it plentiful contracts and subsidies. As with its polar counterparts, 90% of the titanic climate funding iceberg...
  • Regulating Like Its 1934: The FCC’s Decision to Reclassify the Internet as a Public Utility

    03/04/2015 2:05:24 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-4-15 | Jonathon Hauenschild
    Why should the Internet—a “modern technology”—be subject to regulations originally drafted in the mid-1930s? The Federal Communications Commission’s recent vote was less an adoption of “Net Neutrality” regulations and more a carte blanche redefining of Internet services. In redefining the Internet as a “public utility,” the FCC exposes Internet and broadband service providers to regulatory schemes crafted when rotary phones and switchboards were the norm. We can only guess what the actual regulations will say for the next couple weeks, since FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler crafted them behind closed doors and has yet to release them. While we wait for...
  • EPA's latest proposal could be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the United States.

    03/03/2015 2:14:15 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 13 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-28-15 | John Eick
    In late 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that would further ratchet down national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone from the current level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to a range of 65 to 70 ppb. Notably, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) declared the proposal to be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the country. A study recently conducted by NERA Economic Consulting and commissioned by NAM confirms NAM’s earlier statement. Specifically, the study reveals that reducing the current ozone standard to 65 ppb would reduce U.S. gross...
  • FCC Approves Socialism for Broadband

    02/27/2015 11:59:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 96 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    How predictable… The Federal Communications Commission voted on strict party lines to adopt Obama’s 332 page “Net Neutrality” proposal. Given that everything the government touches ends up as a rousing success-story, I’m sure you’ll be able to keep your internet if you like your internet. According to Fox News:The commission, following a contentious meeting, voted 3-2 to adopt its so-called net neutrality plan -- a proposal that remained secret in the run-up to the final vote. On its surface, the plan is aimed at barring service providers from creating paid "fast lanes" on the Internet, which consumer advocates and Internet companies...
  • Tumblr CEO on net neutrality

    02/24/2015 4:04:22 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2/24/15
    "I think a bright line rule that sort of spells out the principles that we believe in, I think the Bill of Rights is a good thing," said Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp.
  • Obama to Middle Class Retirees: If You Like Your Retirement, You Can Keep It

    02/24/2015 11:49:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    Government’s involvement in healthcare has been such a rousing success, Obama is now thinking about getting more involved in regulating the retirement of Middle Class America. Hooray… Proposing new executive regulatory rules (because going through Congress is too cumbersome and democratic), the President has claimed that he is riding to the rescue of average American investors with the heavy hand of government oversight. According to theState.com:The proposed rule, which Obama can put in place without congressional approval, would impose a requirement on some financial advisers to act as what the law calls “fiduciaries” for their clients, meaning that when they recommend...
  • EPA Climate Regulations Expected to Hit Manufacturing Sector Especially Hard

    02/18/2015 1:40:43 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 19 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-18-15 | John Eick
    A short paper recently released by the Heritage Foundation takes a look at the expected manufacturing job losses as a result of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Predictably, they are significant. Using a social cost of carbon (SCC) equal to $37 per ton, the Heritage Energy Model (HEM) was used to determine the economic impact such climate regulations would have on the U.S. economy down to the state and, most interestingly, even to a congressional district level. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Rust Belt, home to what remains of the country’s once dominant industrial sector, can expect to see the largest losses...
  • Should Government Regulators Make the Internet More Like the Post Office or DMV?

    02/16/2015 8:16:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The Internet has made all of our lives better, in part because there’s been an accidental policy of benign neglect from Washington.But that’s about to change.Even though our economy already is burdened by record amounts of regulation and red tape, the FCC is pushing forward with a plan to turn the Internet into a moss-covered public utility.This almost leaves me at a loss for words. It’s truly remarkable – in a bad way – that the bureaucrats at the Federal Communications Commission think that the Internet can be improved by a big dose of 1930s-era regulation and control.My Cato colleague,...
  • Leaked FAA Doc Discusses Upcoming Regulations for Camera Drones

    02/14/2015 9:26:05 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 15 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 01/14/15 | Michael Zhang
    A newly leaked document by the Federal Aviation Administration may offer a first look at upcoming regulations for drones, and the laws discussed appear to be somewhat favorable for photographers who fly camera drones.
  • Feds Hope to Regulate Political Speech on the Internet

    02/12/2015 3:23:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    The Federal Election Commission is considering expanding their regulatory power to include political speech online… Yeah, let’s regulate the internet. I mean, free speech can’t just be expected to run wild or anything, right? The FEC held an open hearing yesterday to determine if they will move forward on clamping down on political content online (such as blogs, YouTube videos, and other “free” messaging). According to CNS News:Last October, FEC Chairwoman Ann Ravel issued a statement in which she complained that the agency was not doing enough to monitor activity on the Internet.Right… Because I know I’m terrified that the feds...
  • Just whose Internet is it? New federal rules may answer that

    01/31/2015 1:30:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2015 9:11 AM EST | Ann Flaherty
    Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he’s keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the “information superhighway” as a fun way to buy books or check the weather. Wheeler has not publicly released his plan yet, and might not for a few weeks. But he has suggested that Internet service has become as critical to people in the United States as water, electricity or phone service and should be regulated like any...
  • PULLING OUT, CALIFORNIA PORN INDUSTRY FACES NEW RISKS

    01/27/2015 8:01:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 26, 2015 | Daniel Nussbaum
    25,000 adult film stars, distributors, and fans descended on Las Vegas this week for the 15th annual Adult Entertainment Expo and AVN Award Show, the industry’s equivalent of the Academy Awards. Porn stars showed off for the cameras, toy manufacturers hawked their wares, and 1,000 journalists from hundreds of outlets chronicled the extravaganza. However, this year’s convention comes at a pivotal moment for the industry’s presence in California, which has long been the pornography capital of the world.
  • This Is the Scary Amount of Pizza Kids Are Really Eating [Food Nazis]

    01/19/2015 3:55:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 60 replies
    Time ^ | 1/19/15 | Alexandra Sifferlin
    ....researchers looked at the diets of children ages 2 to 11 and teens aged 12 to 19 from 2003-2010. They found that pizza makes up about 20% of kids’ daily calories on days when they eat pizza—and despite the insistence of some politicians that pizza should be considered a vegetable for its ample tomato sauce, those calories aren’t coming from an onslaught of veggies.....
  • GOP makes U-turn on net neutrality

    01/16/2015 6:14:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | January 16, 2015 | Kate Tummarelllo
    Republicans in Congress are doing a 180 on net neutrality as the Federal Communications Commission prepares to issue new rules within weeks. For years, GOP lawmakers have adamantly opposed any rules requiring Internet service providers to treat all Web traffic equally, calling them unnecessary and an example of Washington overreach. But now that the FCC is moving toward issuing a tough net neutrality order that would subject broadband to utility-style regulation — an approach endorsed by President Barack Obama — top Republicans in both chambers are making plans to legislate their own rules to ensure the agency doesn’t go too...
  • War On Shale: EPA Targets Fracking Boom With New Regs

    01/15/2015 10:09:56 AM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 15. 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy Policy: In spite of dramatically lower methane emissions from fracking, according to the EPA's own data, the agency wants to impose draconian regulations on the oil and gas industry similar to those on coal. The new rules that the White House announced on Wednesday aim to cut oil emissions of methane, a target of environmental groups, by 45% below 2012 levels, despite the fact that the emissions already show a sharp decline even as shale oil and gas production has skyrocketed. This war-on-shale action mirrors the administration's war on coal, with EPA rules impossible to meet economically and sometimes...
  • Obama targets oil and gas industry, demands massive reduction in methane emissions

    01/14/2015 7:34:49 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/14/2015 | Ben Wolfgang
    Taking direct aim at the oil-and-gas industry, President Obama on Wednesday put forth long-awaited regulations on methane emissions, setting an ambitious goal of reducing those emissions by 45 percent over the next decade. The move comes just days before the State of the Union address and underscores that, in the final two years of presidency, Mr. Obama is looking to cement his legacy on climate-change and environmental issues...
  • $1.9 trillion: The cost of government regulation in 2015

    01/13/2015 8:00:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/13/2015 | Kevin Glass
    President Obama hasn’t given much credence to the idea that America is suffering from overregulation, and his policies have proven that. Late last year, he debuted a new EPA rule that has been called “the most expensive regulation ever.” “Economically significant” regulations have exploded in the Obama era. The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Wayne Crews has done exhaustive work cataloging regulation in America, and his new report on regulation for 2015, Tip of the Costberg, is an eye-opener.Crews estimates that regulation will cost the American economy $1.882 trillion in 2015. This is a staggering figure and, as you might have...
  • The limits of church authority (holy days, feasts, etc.)

    01/13/2015 11:16:30 AM PST · by Arkansas Toothpick · 113 replies
    An excerpt from the article: Can the claim of the Catholic magisterium to formulate and impose obligatory laws on God's people be supported by the Scriptures? For the sake of argument, let's concede that church leaders have the authority to impose new obligatory rules. In that case, though we would not expect these rules to be written in the Bible, we would expect that they do not contradict the teaching of the inspired Scriptures. We open the Bible to investigate. First we find this passage... So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival...
  • Uber and the Flimsy Case for Regulation

    01/04/2015 10:27:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    If you've ever stood on a cold street late at night wishing desperately and hopelessly for a cab, Uber is the answer to your prayers. Its pricing model, which includes higher fares at times when demand peaks, is designed to make sure you get a ride whenever you need it. But instead of seeing this option as heaven-sent, some riders damn the company as Satan's spawn. On New Year's Eve, Uber boosted its New York City fares nearly eightfold to ensure the supply of drivers needed to meet high demand. Some partygoers accepted the offer rather than take the subway,...
  • Get ready: The FCC says it will vote on net neutrality in February

    01/03/2015 2:46:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/2/15 | Brian Fung
    Federal regulators looking to place restrictions on Internet providers will introduce and vote on new proposed net neutrality rules in February, Federal Communications Commission officials said Friday. President Obama's top telecom regulator, Tom Wheeler, told fellow FCC commissioners before the Christmas holiday that he intends to circulate a draft proposal internally next month with an eye toward approving the measure weeks later, said one official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the agency's deliberations are ongoing. The rules are meant to keep broadband providers such as Verizon and Comcast from speeding up or slowing down some Web sites...
  • NY Gov. Cuomo Approves Regulation Forcing Taxpayers to Cover Over $67 M for Sex Change Operations

    12/31/2014 11:34:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/31/2014 | Samuel Smith
    The governor of New York recently approved a new policy that will allow the state's tax dollars to fund sex change operations for indigent New Yorkers who identify as transgender and have been medically diagnosed with gender identity disorder. The new regulation will permit the state's $55 billion Medicaid program, which is already the largest in the nation, to fund gender reassignment surgeries as well as other medical treatments, such as hormone therapy for transgenders enrolled in the program. Officials in the state estimate that the new provision in the Medicaid policy will expand the program by nearly $6.7 million...
  • FDA to Announce Ban on Sprinkles [satire]

    12/29/2014 8:50:50 AM PST · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    Though the amount of trans fats in the sprinkles that are used to adorn donuts and ice cream cones is extremely low, the Food and Drug Administration is determined to eliminate these items from the food chain. “There is no good reason why anyone should consume these non-nutritional pollutants in our food supply,” said FDA nutrition expert Harley Sain. “The donuts and ice cream cones where sprinkles are usually found are bad enough on their own without this worthless addition.” Sain admitted that “if it were totally up to me, we’d be banning the donuts and ice cream, too. No...
  • Boo Hoo: Virginia Dems Who Refused to Compromise on Abortion Clinic Regulations Now Crying Foul

    12/17/2014 7:33:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Red State ^ | December 16th, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien (Diary) |
    No matter how many common sense pro-life bills Ken Cuccinelli introduced in the Virginia State Senate, he found absolutely no compromise from his Democratic colleagues. Year after year, liberal legislators routinely rejected bills that would have ensured necessary regulations in the state’s abortion clinics. Now, they are left with what they call an ‘extreme’ law named TRAP, the Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. I spoke to former Attorney General and 2013 Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA) about his experience in the Virginia State Senate, where he says Democrats have no right to cry foul over the current law, when...
  • More than 60 organizations and agencies call for repeal of new prostitution law

    12/06/2014 7:33:17 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    TORONTO – More than 60 organizations and agencies from across the country are calling for the non-enforcement and repeal of new prostitution laws that came into force on Saturday. The groups – which include the Canadian AIDS Society, John Howard Society, and Native Women’s Resource Centre – want the new law repealed and the full decriminalization of sex work in Canada. The sweeping new changes to the way prostitution is regulated in Canada follow a Supreme Court decision last year that found the old laws violated the rights of prostitutes. The groups say the law will recriminalize sex work while...
  • EPA Smog Rules: The Most Expensive and Pointless Regulation Ever

    11/28/2014 5:23:23 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/28/2014 | John Merline
    Does Missaukee County, Michigan, really have a dangerous air pollution problem? The 574-square-mile region, nestled in the northwestern part of the state's lower peninsula, is home to all of 15,000 people. Its economy consists mainly of Christmas tree, dairy and livestock farms, and summer vacationers. The nearest "cities" are Cadillac to the west (population 10,281), and Grayling to the northeast (population 1,863). Yet new smog rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday would treat this little county like Los Angeles...
  • AT&T chief: Net neutrality uncertainty puts a pause in investing

    11/12/2014 8:17:50 AM PST · by walford · 20 replies
    C|NET ^ | November 12, 2014 | Roger Cheng
    AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson warned that he will hold off on many of his company's capital investment plans if uncertainty persists over how the US government will regulate the Internet. "It's prudent to pause," he said at an investor conference Wednesday. "We want to make sure we have line of sight on this process and where these rules could land, and then re-evaluate." The comments come two days after President Obama threw his support behind the idea that broadband services providers should be regulated under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which would treat Internet service providers more like utilities...
  • Net Neutrality and the FCC's long history of failed 'consumer protections'

    11/12/2014 5:15:37 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/12/2014 | John Merline
    Whatever the FCC's charter might be, and whatever its intentions, its rules and regulations over the past 70 years have often stifled competition, thwarted innovation and curtailed investment in the nation's communications networks. Here are five prime examples:
  • What if They Made it Illegal to Rent Your House?

    11/09/2014 6:50:40 AM PST · by Twotone · 28 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | Nov. 8, 2014 | Tom Steward
    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota cities have circled the wagons in a controversial property rights case that pits municipal authorities against homeowners who are challenging the constitutionality of Winona’s rental ban before the Minnesota Supreme Court.
  • [Green Billionaire] Steyer turns to celebrities [Woody Harrelson] in final election-year push

    10/28/2014 4:59:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 28, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is turning to actor Woody Harrelson and director Darren Aronofsky in a new ad urging voters to “take the fight against climate change to the ballot box.” The 30-second ad buy, narrated by Harrelson, and directed by Aronofsky, declares the climate fight is one people “will win,” but voting on Election Day is key. “They told us the world was flat and insisted it was the center of the universe,” Harrelson states in the ad as images of the earth in black and white flicker on the screen. “[They] said that cigarettes were harmless.” “Now they...
  • Greens to spend record $85M in midterms ["climate science denial will soon come to a close"]

    10/28/2014 2:12:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 27, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Environmental groups are on track to spend more than $85 million on key races this year, more than ever before, according to an internal memo. The record spending comes as green groups are worried about the fate of the Senate and the future of President Obama’s climate agenda, which they say is crucial to helping the U.S. and other nations curb greenhouse gas emissions and stave off disastrous climate impacts. A memo circulated among five of the nation’s top environmental organizations, and provided to The Hill, summarizes in detail the plan hatched by the groups to put climate change on...
  • This Tax Proposal Could Be the Largest Obstacle to Growing Small Businesses Online

    10/22/2014 2:44:23 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-22-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    Dealing with federal, state and local taxes and regulations is already an incredibly burdensome task on startups and small businesses. But beyond complying with onerous regulations from the jurisdiction where businesses operate, there is a little talked about potential tax change that could make it much more difficult for small businesses to expand into the online marketplace. This complication is known as the Marketplace Fairness Act or MFA. Right now, traditional “brick-and-mortar” stores are required by states and localities to collect sales taxes from customers and remit those back to the states. This is because they have a physical presence...
  • EPA takes step in regulating drinking water

    10/20/2014 4:33:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 20, 2014 | By Laura Barron-Lopez
    The Environmental Protection Agency took the first step toward regulating a chemical in the country’s drinking water on Monday. The EPA issued a preliminary determination to regulate the chemical called strontium, which is a naturally occurring element. At elevated levels strontium can impact bone strength in people who don’t consume enough calcium, the EPA said. Strontium has been found in roughly 99 percent of the public water systems in the U.S..
  • Polar Vortex Highlights Grid Reliability Concerns

    10/15/2014 2:02:37 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 10 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-15-14 | John Eick
    One of the chief concerns about the EPA’s recently proposed Clean Power Plan is the effect that the regulation would have on electric grid reliability. We’ve written before about the roughly 50 gigawatts of installed baseload capacity that the EPA itself acknowledges will be retired by 2020 directly as a result of the proposed rule, as well as the 70 gigawatts slated for retirement as a result of other EPA regulations. Stakeholders and policymakers can see for themselves which generating stations in their state the EPA includes in their estimates by using the interactive map on our website. Altogether, these...
  • Castro Valley Winery to Government: Crush Grapes, Not Vintners

    09/21/2014 6:06:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    "You'll never meet anyone who says, 'I want to be a millionaire. I think I'll start a winery,'" owner Bill Smyth tells me from his small office over the tasting room of Westover Vineyards, nestled in Palomares Canyon. Smyth has worked in a number of fields. He made some money. He bought the vineyard property when he was young. His ex-wife bought him a kit to make wine, and his labor of love turned into a small business. Now, thanks to heavy-handed California regulators, he's selling off his ports and boutique wines and turning his winery back into a home....
  • Argentina Goes Full-Venezuela - Plans To Regulate Prices, Profits, & Production

    09/05/2014 2:37:28 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9-5-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 09/05/2014 Just weeks after defaulting (yet again) on its debt (whether technically or not), and shortly after raising the minimum wage by 31% (to $523 a month) amid runaway inflation, it appears Argentina has gone full-Venezuela. As WSJ reports, the great minds that 'run' Argentina have decided to pass legislation (dubbed "the supply law") letting the government regulate private-sector prices, profit margins and production levels. The opposition is up in arms, "this is absolutely ridiculous. It's part of a very primitive ideology that says government officials should decide what people should make, how much they should make and...
  • ALEC Urges FCC to Respect Federalism, Reject Preemption on Muni Broadband

    09/04/2014 1:55:24 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 9-4-14 | ALEC
    On August 29, ALEC CEO Lisa Nelson and twenty state legislators sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). They called on the FCC to respect principles of constitutional federalism regarding states’ authority over their local governments. State constitutions or state legislatures create and define the powers of county, city and public utility districts. But the FCC is now weighing whether to eliminate the laws of some twenty states that restrict their respective local governments from going into the business of providing broadband Internet services. As a matter of public policy, ALEC believes that private sector investment, innovation and...
  • Uber Vs. The Status Quo

    08/27/2014 6:47:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Bob Barr
    Police officials in the beautiful and historic South Carolina city of Charleston have identified a major new public safety menace requiring their immediate attention. This latest threat -- being met by the authorities with an aggressive public awareness campaign and “sting” operations coupled with hefty fines in excess of $1,000 -- is not drugs, gangs, or illegal immigration. The threat posed the good citizens of Charleston is: Uber! Uber is a fast-growing, popular digital app for smart phones that provides consumers in Charleston and many cities across the country and around the world with an alternative to traditional taxi services....
  • Feds Claim Freedom is Bad For Your Health

    08/24/2014 5:48:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is trying to ban smoking… Everywhere. Well, at least everywhere someone might be working, so I guess that’s not as many places as you might think. (Hat tip to Obamanomics.) The CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has suggested banning all tobacco consumption at every work place in the nation… Because, ya know, the nanny-state can never be too big, right?The ban would apply to not only office buildings, restaurants, and retail stores, but it would also apply to any outdoor location (such as construction sites, landscaping work, and...
  • Treasury looks to stop 'corporate deserters' on its own

    08/21/2014 5:10:22 AM PDT · by W. · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 21, 2014 | Joseph Lawler
    President Obama doesn't have the authority to simply stop the companies he calls “corporate deserters” from taking up legal residency in low-tax countries. The Obama administration began examining its ability to take executive action to address corporate inversions without Congress because it lacks the support of Republicans. "Unless the U.S. corporate tax rate is reduced to 10 percent or less," Harvey told the Examiner, "it will still be beneficial for U.S. [multinational corporations] to invert."